After making his decision to play basketball at Cal next season, David Kravish had to duel Tim Lincecum for Cal coach Mike Montgomery's attention.
Kravish was ready to give the Golden Bears coach his oral commitment but knew Montgomery was at AT&T Park on Thursday night, watching Lincecum and the Giants play the Atlanta Braves in the National League Division Series.
"I was watching the game (on TV), trying to time it in between innings, trying to call him during the commercials," Kravish said. "I finally got him. He was happy."
A 6-foot-9 power forward from Lee's Summit High in suburban Kansas City, Mo., Kravish picked Cal over Iowa and Colorado. Barely 6 feet tall as an eighth-grader, Kravish said he never envisioned playing Pac-10 basketball.
"I thought I was going to be done with basketball after the eighth grade," Kravish said.
He grew steadily, gaining a couple inches each year, and after a couple of strong tournament performances last spring, Kravish began to attract the attention of Division I coaches. "That's when I thought, 'All right, maybe this could happen,' " he said. "Before that I never even imagined this."
Kravish said he knows he will develop while playing under Montgomery.
"He's proved he can take players like me and help them reach their full potential," Kravish said.